New book sheds light on long history of Hopi runners

Published: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 1:47pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 - 8:52am
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University Press of Kansas
"Hopi Runners" by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert.

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert grew up in a community of running. He’s an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe, and, even as a child growing up in Flagstaff, he said he would run with his family in Buffalo Park.

The Hopi people have a long history of running, and in his new book, "Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain Between Indian and American," he tells the story of some of the Hopi runners who made history in the early 1900s.

The Show spoke with Sakiestewa Gilbert about it and how these stories changed the way America thought about Native American people.

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